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In Meeting With Kushner, Abbas Defiantly Vows to Continue PA Terror Payments Policy, Palestinian Newspaper Reports

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Senior Trump administration official Jared Kushner with PA President Mahmoud Abbas at a June 2017 meeting in Ramallah. Photo: File.

A leading Palestinian newspaper published an account on Monday of a tense encounter between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner in Ramallah last week.

Al-Quds, a Jerusalem-based newspaper that is close to the PA, reported that Kushner had raised the issue of the so-called “martyr payments” made to convicted terrorists and their families — a policy dubbed “pay to slay” that costs the PA more than $300 million annually. The Taylor Force Act, which is likely to be voted on during the upcoming session of the US Congress, would make American aid to the PA contingent on a wholesale abandonment of the “martyr payments.”

Gal Berger, a leading Israeli journalist who covers Palestinian affairs, was quoted in the Al-Quds piece as saying that “Abbas informed Kushner that he would never stop paying these salaries until his dying day, even if this cost him the presidency.”

Added Berger — in a translation of the Al Quds article made available by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) — “Abbas’s statements reflect a measure of the Palestinian anger over the focus of the US delegation on this topic and its disregard of core issues such as the two-state solution and the halting of the settlements.”

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During the same meeting, Abbas was reportedly infuriated by Kushner’s refusal “to define the borders on the Palestinian state as the 1967 borders, but said that this would be a matter to be agreed upon by the Israeli and Palestinian sides.” On the two-state solution specifically, Kushner was said to have shown “some openness” on the matter.

According to Berger, Abbas reiterated his desire for the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative — which calls for a Palestinian state with its capital in eastern Jerusalem  — to be used as the basis for any future negotiations with the Israeli government. If attempts to restart talks fail, Berger continued, Abbas was likely to lobby the UN Security Council for increased pressure upon Israel, as well as seeking the admission of an independent State of Palestine as a full UN member.

Following his meeting with Kushner, Abbas issued a statement through the PA’s Facebook page underlining his unwavering support for the payments to terrorists. “I will never stop [paying] the allowances to the families of the prisoners and released prisoners, even if this costs me my position and my presidency,” the PA president said. “I will pay them until my dying day.”

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  • Patricia McGehee

    I don’t understand WHY the US have been giving tax payer money to the very people terrorizing Israel! Are we STUPID! Is that what Americans work for? Are we so rich we can shovel our money to every idiot Nation in the world? Why should they stop killing people in Israel when they have an Idiotic US that will give the dead terrorist family a million dollars? Who in the H has been in charge of this stupidity?

  • Mlm39

    So what are they smiling about?

  • gornisht

    If one has the backing of , the UN., EU., the Arab states, Amnesty Int’l etc., etc., Abbas has no problem in doing what he knows best!!

  • sayeret25victory

    Abbas is delusional!. Jerusalem should and will never be divided again. It is the capital of Israel. Second. Israel can’t return to the 67 borders for it simply provides a lack of security. Abbas has forgotten that he lost the war in 73, 67, 56 and 48, and he acts like a spoiled Nazi brat, which he is. He is in no position to demand anything, especially since the Palestinians have a state in Jordan. Far as I am concerned, the entire area is no doubt the ancient homeland of the Jewish people, as such, Israel should annex the entire Judea and Samaria, relocate the arabs to Jordan, and be done with it. As it stands now, there is Hezbollah on the south Lebanon border; Hamas in Gaza, and the PLO in the so-called West Bank. All three swear to destroy Israel. These Arabs have had every chance to have a state next to Israel, yet they turned down every offer, and resorted to terrorism. US must stand firm with their greatest ally and friend in the world: Israel. I am, a number one Israeli supporter and I make no apologies at all. You want OIL, pass Israel and hit the ARabs; You want brains, stay in Israel and go no further.

  • Joseph Feld

    ‘I will pay them until my dying day’. Is Abbas challenging the Almighty ? Will the USA, UK, EU ever accept or approve of paying salaries to convicted murderers ?

  • Deluding yourself after 70 years of Arab deception of peace is another mistake.
    Mahmmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen, the terrorist, convicted murderer and financier of the Munich Massacre and the Achille Lauro Cruise Ship hijacking and murder.
    The Arabs received over 13 million sq. km. of territory after WWI with a wealth of oil reserves and the Arab-Palestinians have a state and that is Jordan which has taken about 80% of Jewish allocated land under international law and treaties of post WWI. The Arabs also have homes and over 46,332 square miles – 120,000 sq. km. of land the Arab countries confiscated from the over a million expelled Jewish families which is 6 times the size of Israel and valued in the trillions of dollars. The million expelled Jewish families reside now in Greater Israel
    It is time to take another approach. Peace talks, not until the Arabs can prove they can control their population and live with the Jews in peaceful coexistence for at least 5 years and eliminate the education of its people to commit terror and violence and replace it with education and practice of living in harmony and coexistence. Nothing less will be accepted. It is not negotiable.
    Face it there will never be a second Arab-Palestinian State west of the Jordan River; The Arab-Palestinians have Jordan which is Jewish land. The Arab-Palestinians want all of Israel without the Jews and their Charters so state.
    Temple Mount in Jerusalem is Jewish territory and has been since prior to the building of the two Jewish temples (as a matter of fact King David of Israel had paid Aruna the Jebusites money to purchase that property, to avoid conflict). Israel after liberating it in 1967 graciously permitted the Arabs to continue to pray there. Now the time has come to terminate that arrangement. It is the Arabs who are defiling The Jewish holy of holies.
    After years of abuse of this privilege, by committing violence and violently interfering with Jewish worshipers on a consistent basis, Israel has the right, duty and obligation to revoke that privilege.
    Let us take back our sacred ground, once and for all.
    I am sure the Arab-Muslim would not permit anyone in the world to build and control the holy Muslim Site in Mecca.
    Let the Arab-Muslim have Mecca and the Judeo-Christian have Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
    My mother-in-law was in Auschwitz and was sent to the gas chamber in Auschwitz three times. Somehow she crawled out between the legs of others in the line and survived while losing most of her family in the Nazi extermination camps. I proudly say and practice, NEVER AGAIN. Enough is enough. Ghetto mentality of capitulation is over.
    I will not and cannot cower to Arab terrorism, violence, intimidation, and threats, etc. Furthermore, I am confident no self respecting Israeli is willing to cower to terrorism and violence. To prevent such a scenario, Israel must go on an unrelenting offensive with no restrictions to claim and take back what belongs to Israel and its people. World opinion be damned. The world at large through the ages has always persecuted the Jewish People.
    The time for negotiation and compromise is over, it has accomplished more terror and violence; it is time to reverse those concessions to the Radical Arab Palestinians who promote Terror and Violence. The Arab-Palestinians celebrate terrorist’s actions, finance terrorists and support their families for committing terror. Teach their Arab children hate and to commit terror and violence. Mahmmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen is the mastermind financier of the Munich Massacre and he promotes terror and violence and invents fictitious Arab history.
    “A Unified Israel is a strong Israel”
    YJ Draiman

  • Adam

    OK so US stops giving terrorists money, What’s the problem? We gave them the terms for the $$ and they said no, OK no money, is this complicated? In my world this isn’t complicated

  • Pay the Palestinians to settle in permanent homes, and not to be refugees

  • watsa46

    The Pal, proxy for the Muslim world, have no intention to make any concession that does not put Israel in physical danger.
    The Pal want one way concessions.

  • Quite what you can expected from a Nobel peace winner to focus on payment to killer or terrorist for that attack the Jews and tourist. How such not elected person that said that had been award the Nobel Price for peace? Simply shocking and US should tray everything with their allied to stop the flus of money to PA regime. Mr Abbas is quoted to said “I will pay them until my dying day.” So i hope for the safety of people that he will be call by his god soon. Wish he had an eternal peace soon.

  • billindallas

    Time to turn off the spigot.

  • ipasaregood

    good job Kushner. Sounds like your diplomatic experience is paying off.

  • Ita

    Oh yea. Where is he going to get the money? TF act is going to go thru. And that is just the beginning. If they receive UN recognitionthen Israel nolonger has any obligation to give them services (electric, water, sewage treatment, medicine, cell service, internet access, food, air traffic control, jobs, educational facilities) who is going to supply all that? The almost bankrupt UN? Iran? Korea? Jordan? Egypt? What product or service do they have to sell? They have no farming to speak of. Their dumping if raw sewage into the Med. Has polluted all the fishing.

  • Mike Degani

    Move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

  • Mike Degani

    You got the move the US embassy to Jerusalem, just to show the bastard that payments to terrorists will cost him dearly. They don’t deserve 2 states solution.

  • This was another waste of time for the US delegation to negotiate with the PLO terrorist entity. Hopefully, the Taylor Force Act will pass in the US Congress this fall.

  • Kerry M Berger

    If the position of the PA is to continue terror payments, then Jared Kushner should have stated that it demonstrates that the PA is NOT serious about peace with the Israelis and that the US would reduce any funds it is currently providing the PA by X amount of dollars until the PA steps up to being serious about a peace settlement. It is ridiculous that Israel has turned back territory, but the Palestinians have never stopped their support for terrorism. The Europeans need to step up and pressure the PA as well instead of pandering to the cries of the PA about Israeli aggression. It takes two to resolve the problems.

  • mbrj

    Jared Kushner has egg on his face. Back to the drawing board, Jared!!!

  • VarAway

    HIS ” presidency “? Are you kidding mr.Abbas?
    The elections were due about 8 years ago, isn’t it?
    Your mandate has expired long time ago.
    You are defacto a dictator of a non existing invented
    people and ” state “.
    Wake up.

  • Alex Schlesinger

    The Abbas statement regarding the continuous payment to the terrorist is his life insurance directed to the radical Islam. The latest peace negotiation has no more chance than the previous ones. The Palestinian high echelon makes a comfortable living being a refugee. This is the reason they hammering on issues Israel never will agree, even before the negotiation started.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    The terrorist payment issue aside, a peace agreement does not appear to be in the offing in the near future. Nevertheless, Israel should refrain from settlement expansion and creation. The ill will that it creates with the Palestinians and the damage to Israel’s worldwide reputation will continue to haunt Israel if it does not do so Israel does not want a one-state solution because it does not want to incorporate all of those Arabs into its population and it can’t eject them either. Therefore, there is no excuse for engaging in what is being seen by others as a land grab.